Earth Day Activity: Lorax Collage

Earth Day is always are wonderful reminder to recycle or upcycle items that we have in our homes and try to find new uses for some of them.

If you are like me, you have piles of old magazines waiting to be given a reason to stay rather than end up I in the recycling bin. One good reason to hold on to them is to create collages with the amazing pictures they contain.

In honor of Earth Day my son and I searched through the pile of old magazine to create a collage of the Lorax. We search for pictures that contained orange or yellow since those are the main colors of the Lorax’s body. Having specific colors to search for really helped my four year old focus on the task at hand.

Once we had found a wide variety of pictures that contained orange and yellow, I cut out the pictures. More abstract pictures were just cut into fun shapes while pictures of specific things like a cat, dog or Lorax were carefully cut around.

The Lorax’s body is made up of two different pieces of white tag boad I drew the images onto. There is a body and a mustache section. I knew my son might leave empty spaces on the tag board so, I had him color each section with crayon. The Lorax’s body was colored orange and the mustache was color yellow.

Having the sections the color we were going to try to glue pictures of that color too really helped my son find success in creating his collage.

Once he had glued the pictures onto the sections, I trimmed the pictures that stuck over the edges of the tag board and outlined the shapes with black marker.

Then all that was left was to glue the Lorax’s mustache on.

When it was done, we had a Lorax to hang in our kitchen to remind us to recycle

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Deirdre Smith writes/owns JDaniel4’s Mom. After twenty years as a elementary school and technology resource teacher in Northern Virginia, she became a stay at home mom in upstate South Carolina. Her blog features ways she and her 5 year old are exploring learning, crafting, creating healthy meals and living life to its fullest. Deirdre can also be found on twitter as @jdaniel4smom and on her blog's FB page. You can also check her out on Google+.